Monday, 29 November 2010

I am thankful for laughter- except when milk comes out of my nose- Woody Allen

Whilst innocently surfing the net, i came across an absolutely fabulous article written by a low-key author, Debra Lauman. Being initially inspired by a thread in a forum entitled 'What are you thankful for', Lauman set out on a mission to compile a list of 100 things she was thankful for. Reading through the list i couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with the amount of things we have in our life. We constantly moan and complain about everything. Therefore, I'm going to take initiative and make a smaller list of 20 of the things I'm so very thankful for :

1)My parents. Of course. I love them to bits. People don't seem to realise what an incredibly strict upbringing Ive had, but I'm glad. I will always have a good head on my shoulders, due to everything they taught me.

2)My friends. Never a dull moment. Enough said.

3)Living in Dubai for two years. Ive been incredibly lucky to live a completely different life to the one i lived in England. I had never seen a sandstorm in my life. That soon became a daily occurrence.

4)Seeing Wimbledon tennis from my window. Yes for the first ten years of my life i avoided the queues of people in tents down my road, as i had a view from my window. Even though I'm not the biggest tennis fan in the world.

5)Having a pink limo for my 17th. That was pretty exciting.

6)Travelling. My dad runs his own business. When i was younger, we were always thrown on planes to accompany him to his latest destinations. Ive been to Spain 15 times, Germany 4 times, Amsterdam 4 times plus many other destinations.

7) Umbrellas. The life span for mine don't usually last long. I'm the person who stands there soaking wet with my umbrella upside down, looking an utter mess- but for the time period it does survive, it becomes my best friend.

8) Franky's and Bennie's. Best restaurant EVER

9) Treadmills. The sit there looking dark and gloomy, but they save lives- they really do.

10) My contact lenses. Without them i am nearing blindness. I wear glasses in the comforts of my own home. Going out with glasses is a big no-no. I cherish my contact lenses with my life

11) Living away from home. Being at university is the ideal time to learn. Casting my mind back from being a fresh faced fresher on my first day, I've changed so much. In terms of maturity, personality and appearance. Ive grown more into myself. I know my likes and dislikes more. I'm more confident.

12) Having my heart smashed. It hurts like a bitch. Ive been put through so much shit in the past two years. I'm not fazed anymore. I know what to do. It'll still hurt but I'll smile and handle it.

13) Bras. Working at Debenhams, I've realised good support is EVERYTHING.

14) Lady Gaga. Thank you for being a freak. Everybody should embrace their inner freak

15) Tearing my ligaments twice. I missed a good few days off school plus it gave me a few good stories to tell.

16) Going away to America for a month when i was 18. I needed to get away and concentrate on myself more. I will never ever forget the people i met there.

17) The man who gave me a tissue when i was crying on a plane leaving JFK.

18) Having two brothers. Makes you tougher than you think. I adore them

19) Change. I'm thankful for change. Its good to mix it up a bit every now and then. I hate to be boring

20) Being from South London. I look innocent enough, but Ive been raised in a certain way.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

The only thing left to do is to forgive and forget...i want to forgive you and i want to forget you- Lauren Conrad

I've always hated reality shows such as Big Brother. People trying to get famous with infuriatingly tiny clothes on and big mouths has never been my preferred choice of entertainment. However, there is another kind of popular reality series that i do prefer to watch. Sitting there watching re-runs of 'The Hills', i can say that while it is definitely true that a lot of people from the show want to be famous, others are simply trying to get their 'foot in the door'.

The series finale, showed a 'fake' Hollywood backdrop being lifted, while Kristin ran to Brody to give him a playful hug, after only minutes before dramatically telling him goodbye. While the realistic credibility may have been lost after this, with letting the audience form their own ending- the people, drama, story lines and careers are all real. People in this show have used the shows success to their advantage ( and maybe disadvantage ! ) to carve their own personal niche for themselves.

For every person in this world, there'll always be a good friend like Lauren giving you words of wisdom. There'll always be the friend you thought would be there till the end, yet there'll always be that drama to push it all away. There'll always be a Justin Bobby who will keep coming back to the same girl and there'll always be an Audrina who will always come running back. There'll always be a Brody, living the dream and breaking the hearts of whoever he meets along the way and there'll always be a Kristin, someone who wont let anything get in their way with their tough exterior. More importantly, there'll always be a 'Speidi'- a deluded set of characters who you'll never understand.

As much as some people can claim to hate this show, it offers little life lessons that everyone can benefit from. Its happened to me on many occasions, seeing my life being played out through someone else on television. The show came to a dramatic end this summer. However, I'm pretty sure that this has welcomed a new wave of 'reality series', most noticeably an insight into Whitney Port's flourishing career in 'The City'. We also have our own homegrown series 'The Only Way is Essex'- this one causes more of a divide between viewers. I wonder why !

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention- Simon Cowell

Long before those dazzling pearly whites were put on display for us to ogle at, Simon Cowell was just another little runner working in the mail room of a recording company. Fast forward to 2010, Cowell resides in a $22 million mansion in Beverly Hills, engaged to makeup artist to the stars- Mezghan Hussainy, and probably the biggest television executive and personality in the world. Hard work, determination and courage goes into career outcomes like this, yet Simon made it on his own individual unique accord. Quotes such as ' if you win this competition, we will have failed', 'i don't mean to be rude, but you look like the Incredible Hulks wife' and 'if you would have been singing this two thousand years ago, you would have been stoned'- firstly stunned the world. Years later, we sit there and just giggle along with him. Hes become a self made legend with his cut throat remarks and insults.

Gordon Ramsey frequently stirs up tension on Hell's Kitchen, for what used to make uncomfortable viewing. That was rapidly replaced by the electrifying amusement and praise of whipping the diva-esque group of trivial Ready Steady Cookers into world-class chefs. He knew his own craft A-Z, and his success was initiated by the ability to instill fear into the eyes of young wannabes. Not bad for a guy who moved out of his house at 16 due to a troubled childhood.

However, having a couple of years on the two previous mouthy TV stars, Anna Wintour has carved out her own special niche. Absolutely nothing in the fashion realm goes ahead until it gets a nod of approval from her. Minutes after designers unveil their collections on the catwalk, pictures get released to the media of Wintour's stoic expressions on the front row. Its enough to get top designers trembling in their boots, as to whether their months worth of hard work has been approved or not. The 2009 documentary 'The September Issue' depicted loyal hardworking Vogue employees of Anna, walking on egg shells to impress her. Unlike Simon or Gordon, Anna isn't vocal. She doesn't humiliate people nor does she give them an earful. Yet its the harshness that projected within her. She knows what she wants and managed to obtain that with her presence.

The reason why i write this post is to show that sometimes you need to have a thicker skin to be successful. Maybe not so much as these three examples that I've highlighted, but a little drive and push is enough to get what you want. However, i think sometimes we forget to mention that these insanely successful people are emotive too. Nowadays, Simon regularly sits there and praises the idea of the 'British Dream' and the creative outcomes of the young people in our great ol' British Society. He, himself may be living the 'American Dream', but you can tell that England will always be his home. Gordon on the other hand, has on many occasions shown his love towards his wife of 14 years, while Anna's eyes twinkled with delight and broke out into one of her rare smiles with the mere mention of her daughters name in 'The September Issue'. Her daughter's name is Bee Shaffer.
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